On August 8, more than 100 Honeywell employees at the Federal Manufacturing & Technology (FM&T) site in Kansas City, Mo., worked with Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS) and Rebuilding Together to refurbish and refresh the Niles Home for Children. This non-profit organization has been serving at-risk, abused, neglected, and abandoned children in the Kansas City area for more than 130 years. They provide both educational and housing options for residents and their family members.
Through this project, volunteers updated dormitories, painted classrooms, remodeled bathrooms, and created a new media and TV room. They also built a teaching kitchen where instructors will help students focus on healthy and sustainable eating by using produce from the home's community garden to create meals.
“Honeywell’s services transformed our environment and gave our community’s at-risk children the opportunity to receive therapeutic and psychiatric residential treatment services in a more comfortable setting,” said Rita Holmes-Bobo, President and CEO of Niles Home for Children. Honeywell’s enhancements to the facility also helped expand the academic services in their day treatment program to include high school students.
In addition to the volunteer-hours provided by FM&T employees, an HHS grant of nearly $30,000 was used to purchase materials needed for these projects. Honeywell is a national sponsor of Rebuilding Together. Since 2003, 17,500 Honeywell volunteers have repaired 550 homes and nonprofit centers in Honeywell communities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, rehabilitating and revitalizing low-income housing, schools, hospitals, and other community assets.